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I have always been a Believer – as long as I can remember God has been relevant to me. I’m 58 years old, that is a lot of time spent in the Christian belief system – but it’s only in the last 5 years that I have discovered the joy of believing.
This discovery was brought about by the global financial crisis in 2008. As a property developer in South-west Victoria, Australia I was doing well, my assets had grown, I was successful and I was a Christian.
The GFC bit hard, I was up against the wall – I lost it all.
My friends assured me that God would bring me through, that He would provide a way at the eleventh hour, it didn’t happen – my life’s work went down the gurgler.
Yet I had lived my entire life as an active Christian, fully engaged in church leadership, preaching, worship leading – you name it. When push came to shove, my faith didn’t have the substance to resolve the problem let alone sustain me personally.
I was saved already (no doubt about that), but I had not yet discovered that Christ could be trusted – with everything.
I was what the church would call a mature, functioning Christian for my entire adult life, but it wasn’t until the GFC struck that I discovered how to rest in His astounding work on the cross. It has changed me forever, I am ruined by the magnificence of that event, the astounding accomplishments of the cross are mine – I am in Him and He is in me – ‘we are hardwired together’.
It’s a needy time in history; uncertainty in finances, marriage and faith are everywhere – there is an answer – it’s closer than many realize – it’s found in the personal discovery of “Christ and Him crucified” – the pearl of great price.